2 emergency grant programs help dancers and health expenses for RI artists

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The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new national grant program called Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants. In addition, the partnership is also offering the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program.

Both grant programs are open to RI artists.

The Dancer Emergency Grants were created because of the impact the pandemic has had on dancers. Initially the program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers, who have experienced dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic – including lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine/healthcare, utilities and food.

The first application cycle opened this week with a deadline of Jan. 7. Funds may be requested for emergency expenses for up to a three-month period between Sept. 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022. To apply and learn more, click here.

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants provide up to $5,000 to support direct treatment expenses for medical, dental or mental health emergencies that arose in the last six months. The deadline is November 30, and cover emergencies occurring between April 1, 2021 and later. The next cycle for these grants will open on Jan. 1, 2022, with a deadline of Feb. 7. To learn more and apply, click here.